About Us

About the Team

 

Mad About Furniture was established by owners Steve and David back in 2001, with the aim of providing a great service and a one-stop-shop for all your furniture requirements on the Costa del Sol.

Mad About Furniture specialises in complete furniture packages, taking the stress out of furnishing a new villa or apartment. The team offer a free interior design service at the Mad About Furniture showroom on Atalaya Park, between San Pedro and Estepona, to help you create the perfect furniture package to meet your style, taste and of course the size and layout of your new villa or apartment.

Furniture packages include everything you need, right down to the cutlery and you can even benefit from the free layout service, having everything ready and waiting for you – including the beds made – when you arrive.

Read on and discover more about the Mad About Furniture team.

 

David Gibson

Co-owner of Mad About Furniture

Languages spoken: English and some Spanish

Hobbies/interests: Cruises, boat travel and travel in general!

Favourite item of furniture: The Sofa – It’s the starting point to build a furniture package to create your dream home in the sun.

We moved to Spain almost 19 years ago to start Mad About Furniture. We were in our 30s and we decided that a life living in the sun would be a great choice at the stage of our lives. We simply saw a gap in the market on the Costa del Sol. We bought a small second home but when we came to furnish it there was limited options available to furnish it to our taste and the idea of a furniture package was in its infancy. 

We both had experiences to pool in both business and retail so after spotting the potential gap in the market we jumped on a plane and ordered a couple of containers of furniture from Mexico and a container of sofas from Wales and the rest is history.  We had some luck on the way, a lot of work and a lot of fun

Having a successful business in a place so beautiful as the Costa del Sol and being able to live here all the year is what I enjoy the most. It also allows us to travel, especially to source furniture in far flung destinations.

 

Steve Dixon

Co-owner of Mad About Furniture

Languages spoken: English and some Spanish

Hobbies/interests: Apart from travelling when we can, we are very lucky to have so many restaurants local to us, I like nothing more than meeting friends and enjoying great food.

Favourite item of furniture: My favourite item changes all the time, we visit international exhibitions twice a year and so are constantly updating our ranges.  At the moment I do love the natural wood look.  At the moment there are lots of modern properties being built and furnishing them in a sympathetic style but with a homely feel is enjoyable.

After buying a holiday home in 1998 we discovered there were no furniture stores and saw a gap in the market for a store that sold bespoke packages to foreign buyers. The coast was a very different place then, but amazingly our concept hasn’t really changed, providing a full service for expats who either don’t have the time or need some guidance to furnish a whole home.  What has changed is our clients are now from all over Europe, America and the Middle East and much of our business is from referrals.

Running our own business has been a fabulous challenge and I couldn’t think of a place I would rather be than on the Costa del Sol. Although we are a small team of only 7 people I’m also proud that we can provide stable employment in an area of such seasonality. After nearly 19 years we are also starting to see previous clients come back to reform and refurnish for a second time.

My passion is getting stuck in with clients helping them design their interiors, I also manage the store, buy the stock and work with the team, ensuring we are always keeping and up with trends. We have a great team that does all our deliveries and installations, Sorin has been with us for 14 years

 

Sorin Aurelian Constantin

Delivery Driver

Languages spoken: Romanian, Spanish and English

Hobbies/interests: Learning new languages, travelling and seeing new places, fishing and cooking

Favourite item of furniture: My favourite items are the items that come in flat pack and you have to build them...put your brain and your experience to work, even if they sometimes quite difficult to build.

I have lived in Spain for 17 years. The first time I came to Spain was to see what life is like here in Marbella and I have never returned. I like this company specially because I’m a part of a great team and this should be in all companies. Understanding and work in a good team is the key to success for all the company.

I had a lot of experiences in my life working in so many companies and different types of services, which through perseverance and seriousness have always helped me to take a step forward and creating a better life for me and my family.

 

Sarah Louise Schofield

Showrooom Sales

Languages spoken: English

Hobbies/interests: Walking my two Maltese dogs on the beach and dining out with friends alfresco.

Favourite item of furniture: The Kensington range of furniture, I love the combination of reclaimed wood, chrome and glass.

I did live in Spain for 10 years originally but then went back to the UK from 2013 until July 2019, when I moved back over to Spain as I missed the sun, friends and living on the coast!! I have always had an interest in furnishings and fashion and Steve and David are great people and are always supportive, fair and helpful employers. Not many people know, but back when I was living in the UK, I once was a TV extra in an episode of Coronation Street, sat in the Rovers Return.

 

Louise Mills

Sales Consultant

Languages spoken: English

Favourite item of furniture: Richmond Dining Table because it is timeless, yet modern

I moved to Spain 10 years ago, alone with 3 children under the age of 10. I really enjoy working at Mad About Furniture and helping clients create their dream home. In my spare time I enjoy jewellery making and crafts.

 

Gosia Andruszkiewicz

Sales Consultant

Languages spoken: Polish, English

Favourite item of furniture: My favourite item is sofa Polo, made in Italy by Natuzzi. It can be made in leather or fabric and different modular combinations, it suits many customers’ expectations and each different furniture style.

I have lived in Spain for 3.5 years and came here for the sunshine and better quality of life. I enjoy working at Mad About Furniture alongside a great team with many years’ experience in the furniture industry, working with customers and introducing different options and ideas in order to design their furniture for their new home here in the sun. In my spare time I like walks with my dog, also reading and swimming.

 

Aurel Aurelian Herman Agristian

Deliveries

Languages spoken: Spanish, Romanian, English

Favourite item of furniture: The New England Package because it is both elegant and rustic at the same time.

I have been living in Spain for 15 years and came to the country for the weather and to work. I moved to Spain speaking only Romanian but now can speak Spanish and English also. In my spare time I enjoy tuning cars.